Beats recently came out with a new speaker system designed for those who like their brand but not their usual prices. For less than $200.00, the Pill is portable and can be used from up to 30 ft away. It can double as a speakerphone with its built-in mic. The system features 4 speakers, can be controlled by other Bluetooth devices and has both a 3.5mm line-in and -out. Included in the package is a 1.5m audio cable, AC adapter, USB cable and handy carrying case.
Have you indulged in that 3D TV yet as part of that home theater system? Then it is time to match it with audio that may actually save you a bit of coinage. The Sceptre Speaker Sound Bar delivers 3D surround sound with dual 20W speakers. In addition, it provides High Efficiency Amplifier technology, pre-set sound modes and auto-fading LED display. Included is wall mounting kit and infrared remote.
Philips combines a speaker system and dual-deck docking station with two 5.25" subwoofers and 2" tweeters. The DJ-Dock allows the user to mix and scratch with iPhones and/or iPods while including glowing, pulsing speaker rings. Features include a cross fader, power boosting, treble/bass control and mic input. A USB port allows for flash drive control and an aux-in port means other MP3 players can be used. Available in the UK for now, it comes with a hefty £299.99 (~$469.00) price tag.
iHome has gone glitzy with its speaker tower. Bluetooth connectivity eradicates annoying cords and the iP76 has 16 multi-color LED clusters to treat users to a light show with variable colors. Color fade, pulse to music, strobe and favorite color selection makes it even more adaptable. The 36" tall speaker system will hook up to your iPhone/touch, has video outputs for additional connection and comes with remote.
The iHome Bluewave Bluetooth Audio Receiver is an adapter that can transform an iPhone dock into a wireless speaker system for Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. With a simple and quick setup, it automatically turns on when the user comes within 30 feet. Play some tunes and games, check your email and tweet easily with your smartphone. The receiver is available for $39.99, you provide the dock.
Harman Kardon always spells classic design, and their Soundsticks III is no exception. In fact they are part of MOMA's permanent collection. The 3-piece, 2.1 channel sound system is transparent and shows off its 10W amp with four 1" transducers, and 20W amp with 6" low-frequency transducer. Compatible with all devices with a stereo mini-jack, it comes with a power cord and audio cables.
UK based Dbest claims to have the planet's smallest Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini-Speaker Set. A mere 3.9 x 2.6 x 8.2" and 8.3 ounces, they can be set down or hung up. With a built-in amp and compatibility with most devices, they promise 20 hours of wireless playback (40 wired) with a range of 45 feet and can charge via USB. The PS4001BT works via 2.1+EDR Bluetooth and comes with its own travel pouch.
AmazonBasics has gone beyond their inexpensive line of accessories like HDMI cords and disks with such items as the Portable Stereo System for MP3 players. The MS-132 portable speaker is compatible with iPods, PMPs, CD players, game consoles and Mac and PC. At a size of 9.7 x 2.1 x 2.5" and a weight of a mere 1.4 lbs., it operates by 4 AA batteries (not included) or USB connection.
Yamaha's latest contribution to the iPod/iPhone dock market is their octagonal PDX-11. Available in white, blue, green or black, the portable speaker system not only looks good, it has a 4" woofer, 3/8" tweeter, a 30-pin connection and a 3.5mm jack. The AUX-in allows music from other sources and the system is powered by 6 AA batteries for up to 8 hours of play time.
When Bang & Olufsen do music, they always do it with finesse and big bucks. As a follow up to their BeoSound 8, the smaller Encore has access to over 13,000 stations with video on its 10.4" LCD. The digital music system has playback of both WMA and FLAC lossless files from an external hard drive, music server or USB stick. If you already own a BeoSound 5 or BeoMaster 5, you can add tunes to other rooms. Look for its debut next month at a retail price of $3,350.00.
iHome's latest speaker/dock can handle almost every generation of iPhone/iPod touch and can rotate to fit them both vertically and horizontally. It doesn't end in its cleverness there. The iA 63 works as an alarm/FM radio and a remote is included in the package. Pick up the +Sleep app for custom alarms, weather and news alerts, social media connection and watching video in landscape mode.
Apple has been busily thinking up new ways to appease its fans. This time it is the Thunderbolt that they call the "ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook. The 27" display with a 2560x1440, 16:9 ratio has high quality audio with a 2.1 speaker system, access to FaceTime and Ethernet, FireWire 800 and three USB 2.0 connections. Non-Apple users can hook up with a MagSafe All-in-One cable connector and Mac peripherals are also compatible.
Skullcandy's new 9.5 x 17.0 x 19.0" iPhone/iPod speaker dock is practically deco with its gold and black design. The retro Vandal has that same audio quality that the company is known for with 80mm woofers and 19mm tweeter, and a 21 watt output with its 4 speakers. Dedicated buttons give treble and bass control and the dock is compatible with most iPod models. A 3.5 mm jack is included for privacy.
How do you follow up a new resurgence of a brand? In Chrysler's case, after you get Eminem on your side to spread the word, you join with Dr. Dre and his Beats. Not only will he be appearing in commercials beginning in May, his phone technology will be implemented in a 10-speaker system in the 300 Sedan, due out this fall. The company reported that the Em's Superbowl commercials increased sales by 191%, proving that music really does run the Motor City.